Mark Cooper linked to top job at Leeds

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has been linked with the Leeds United job
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has been linked with the Leeds United job
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Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper - son of Leeds legend Terry - is figuring prominently in the betting to succeed David Hockaday as United’s head coach, but it is understood no contact has been made by Leeds.

Speaking about the link, Cooper, 45, said: “Listen, it’s always flattering to be associated with jobs and especially Leeds with the family history.

“But I’ve got a big job on here. I’ve started a project, it’s going the right way and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.”

Current caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn is rated among the favourites along with ex-Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino.

The Italian is understood to be eager to stay in England despite surprisingly resigning at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

The 57-year-old has spoken about his affection with English football and also spoke glowingly about compatriot Cellino’s achievements at Cagliari after Watford beat Leeds 3-0 at Vicarage Road in April - in the United owner’s first game in charge of the club.

Speaking at the time, Sannino said: “Yes I know him because he is president of Cagliari - from when my clubs Siena and Palermo played Cagliari.

“I am very happy for him because he is the kind of person that did a great job at Cagliari.

“He is now the boss of a club with a great history like Leeds and, in my opinion, he joined English football because he believes he can do a good job here.”

Rolando Maran, who has a wealth of managerial experience in Italy, having managed Cittadella, Brescia, Bari, Triestina, Vicenza, Varese and Catania, is another strongly linked with Leeds.